April 09, 2009 - Hospice Provides Soup for the Soul
What: Annual support event for Porter and St. Anthony Hospice Programs
Where: Sheraton Denver Hotel, Downtown
When: Thursday, April 9, 2009
Time: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Honoree(s): Donn Eley
EMCEE: Kim Christiansen
Catering: Restaurants providing scrumptious samples: alto, Baur’s Ristorante, Bistro Vendome, Blue Point Bakery, Dazzle Restaurant, Elway's Cherry Creek, Fruition, Japon, Lola, Mel's Bar & Grill, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, The Palm, Panera Bread, Panzano, Pesce Fresco, Rioja, San Lorenzo Ristorante, Steuben’s Food Service, Table 6, Vesta Dipping Grill
Sponsors: 5280 Magazine and KOSI 101
Board of Directors: RMAHF Board: Ken Bacon, James Boyle, Gary Campbell, Erin Denholm, Terry Forde, Randy Haffner, Todd Inglee, Karen Johnson, Stephen King, Kris Ordelheide, Esq., Darrell Shulte, chair, John Sackett, Tamra Ward, Eric Wolverton
This year's 2009 scrumptous Soup for the Soul fundraiser was a must attend, with creative and tasty soups. Large mugs were filled to the rim with the savory broths, in combination with tasty morsels of sushi and finger food to raise funds for the Metro Denver Hospice.
The Soup for the Soul fundraiser was first held in 2000 to help support the patients and families of Porter Hospice and St. Anthony Hospice. In 2008, Soup for the Soul raised over $225,000 for hospice. Funds raised at the annual event support charity care and hospice services not reimbursed by the Medicare Hospice Benefit including spiritual care, bereavement services and volunteer coordination.
Over 25 Soup for the Soul committee members work tirelessly for eight months to plan and coordinate the event. The committee of hospice volunteers, community members and staff volunteer their time to support Porter Hospice and St. Anthony Hospice.
This year, local restaurants (see list below) participated in Soup for the Soul, offering their soups, appetizers, bread and desserts to over 800 guests. Local artists also give to the event by donating their beautiful pottery, framed artwork, jewelry and blown glass pieces for silent auction. This year, four local artists were featured at the event, including John Fielder, Rita Derjue, Linda Bandt-Law and Lane Dukart.
The Soup for the Soul Award of Courage began five years ago to recognize courage in the face of adversity. This award honors people who have handled themselves with grace and dignity and who have inspired others along the way. Donn Eley, this year's recipient, has spent the last 20 years of his life honoring the spirit of his son Brent by helping kids like him. Donn Eley is the very definition of courage and strength. Go to his web site www.brentsplace.org to learn more.
Arapahoe Douglas Career and Technical School
Lola Coastal Mexican Cuisine
Mel’s Bar & Grill
Peak View Café
Stueben’s Food Service
Vesta Dipping Grill
Desserts Provided By
Baur's Ristorante/Footer’s Catering
Blue Point Bakery
*The following restaurants were not able to make the rescheduled Soup for the Soul date, but we greatly thank them for their support:
The Oceanaire Seafood Room, Elway’s Cherry Creek, Dazzle Restaurant and Lounge, San Lorenzo, Panera Bread and Fruition. (Mother Nature threw a kink in the original date for 2009 Soup for the Soul).